For Niki Marriott's Personal Project, she was interested in examining how therapy animals affect a person's well-being.
The Personal Project is an independent research project that all students at International Baccalaureate schools undertake. It is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to independently organize, create, and complete a significant body of work.
Students are encouraged to choose something they have always wanted to do—to research it and to do it! How many times in life do you get an opportunity like that? Students begin by selecting the Global Context and topic they would like to explore and from there they develop an end goal of what they would like to achieve; after that, the possibilities are endless. We’ve had students build a bicycle, a canoe, and a computer, research another language, learn to sew, or learn to play a new instrument. Some students have studied photography, created cookbooks or designed video games. To rephrase the old saying, if you can dream it, our students can do it!
Each student is assigned a staff supervisor who is available to offer advice and guidance as and when the student might need it. Students meet regularly with their supervisors to ensure that they are on track with various tasks such as journal writing, crafting the project statement, and elements of the final presentation they will give on their project.
We consistently receive feedback that the Personal Project is one of the most memorable experiences of our students’ education at GNS!
Thomas Allan has always loved animals, and he decided to build a chicken coop and raise four chickens in his backyard for his Personal Project.
Natasha Lloyd-Kruger chose to do her Personal Project on sketching emotion.
Jasmyne Storm chose architecture for her Personal Project because she finds that photography and art are a great way of coping with stress and relaxing.
Angus Silver chose to produce a film, named On the Trail of the Extraordinary, for his Personal Project because he loves the creative aspects involved in filmmaking.
For her Personal Project, Isobel Sweeney designed a surfboard for a client and then built the board.
Arianna, who has been going to GNS since Grade 9, spent a total of over 150 hours composing, performing and producing the music video for her song.
For her Personal Project, Manon dedicated herself to learning how to create and apply special effects makeup.
For his Personal Project, Ian chose to study wood carving, a subject he's always been interested in but had never had the chance to explore.
For her project, Ella researched, designed and published a book set that encourages young children to pursue STEM subjects.
For his Personal Project, Eli challenged himself to write, direct and animate his own short film.